This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts on the dock of the Bay, where the stuff of Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum(notes) was as filthy as the young man's unwashed hair. With special guest star Barry Bonds(notes) among the crowd at the AT&T Park, it would be up to the other fans to bring enough "K" cards to keep up with Timmay.
Game of the Day Giants 4, Pirates 2
Yes, Bondsfather: His previous outing was subpar, so Lincecum wanted to bounce back in a big way in front of a big home crowd. The evening began somberly, with a memorial to team owner Sue Burns, who died of cancer July 19. It ended on a rocking note, with Lincecum establishing a career-high 15 strikeouts. Bonds, a close friend of Burns, watched from the owner's seats.
Before the game, Lincecum had a word with Barry, who told him: Beat my old team, as in the Bucs, or I'll beat you.
"I think he was joking," a grinning Lincecum said
Timmy, following up a 10-3 loss to Atlanta, sure wasn't joking around with the Bucs (VIDEO).
His line: 9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 15 K, 115 pitches.
"All his pitches were unbelievable," Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones(notes) said. "He was hitting his spots with his changeup, throwing his curveball, hitting his spot any time during the count. He rarely made any mistakes. That's pretty much how he's been all year and his whole career. Today he just maybe had a little extra."
Yes, Mr. President: A Comcast reporter (I think it was Amy Gutierrez) relayed details of a brief conversation at the All-Star Game that Lincecum had with President Obama, who is as fascinated as anyone with Tiny Tim's hurricane delivery. Here's a transcript of the conversation, as reported by Gutierrez:
Obama: "How do you do what you do?"
Lincecum: "Hey, under this thin skin, I've got big muscles, [Mr.] President."
Obama: "Keep chuckin' it, Tim."
I hope Timmy does, and I hope that happened just as she said, because the dialogue is hee-larious.
Before the game, the Giants announced the acquisition of Ryan Garko from the Indians for a minor leaguer. Along with the right-handed hitting first baseman, who attended Stanford, the Giants also get a giant killer rabbit named Frank.
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Feelin' Rundown (Bonds had no advice for any of the players in these games):
"No, no way," Willingslam says. "Well, when I break it, I'll give it to them."
Hide it from Bud's museum! Hide it!
Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1: Matt Holliday(notes) hit an RBI double in his first home at-bat and later was quoted as saying the Cardinals have "the best fans in baseball," so he's pretty much set up in St. Louis for the rest of his life.
Indians 8, Angels 6: Sometimes, it pays to be a member of the Tribe. They just ruined the M’s summer by sweeping them with extreme prejudice and now Victor Martinez(notes) has heisted the Rally Monkey and is using its primate power to hit go-ahead three-run homers against Brian Fuentes(notes) in the ninth inning. Diabolical!
Cubs 5, Astros 1 (13 inn.): Sure, Wrigley Field loves Alfonso Soriano(notes) (especially Mrs. Soriano, the be-smooched, on the right) after he comes through with the majors’ fourth grand slam of the night, a game-ender against Chris Sampson(notes).
You couldn't give Soriano love away in the at-bat before, when he failed to run to first on a grounder because he said (vaguely) that the ball hit his foot (and was therefore foul). He was especially unpopular during his run of three straight strikeouts and the double-play in his first at-bat, too.
Throw all of that out, because baseball forgives — especially at Wrigley.
Yankees 11, Rays 4: The Empire is rolling over the rest of the galaxy. This might have been A.J. Burnett’s(notes) best game, throwing out his Mets performances.
Mets 7, Rockies 3: A pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in the eighth by Fernando Tatis(notes) cannot obscure that the Mets front office is certifiably crackers.
Red Sox 8, Athletics 3: Josh Beckett(notes) is 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his past five starts at Fenway, and is 7-0 in 10 home starts overall. Put a pink ape suit on him. He’s a beast.
Rangers 5, Tigers 2: Hunter — Tommy Hunter(notes) — tames Tigers.
Phillies 6, D-backs 2: Jamie Moyer(notes) is a 66-year-old tease: He allowed seven batters to reach in the first two-plus innings and none of them scored.
Twins 4, White Sox 3: Postgame dinner at Perkins (home of big U.S. flags) is on Glen Perkins(notes), who was great after Paul Konerko’s(notes) home run gave the White Sox a lead they evidently didn’t want to keep.
Two more reasons to implode the Metrodome: The vendors put ketchup on hot dogs and the fans throw back opponents' home run balls. Why don’t they just encourage people to sell state secrets to North Korea while they're at it?
Royals 5, Orioles 3: Apparently, the Royals bullpen used up a favor with the baseball gods — it threw four scoreless innings. For shaaaaaaaaame, Orioles Magic.